You know, it’s one thing to read about our pending Iranian war plans in the pages of the New Yorker written by Sy Hersh. If you find them there, like we did several months ago, there is usually some political motive behind their publication. Then again, William Arkin was covering them at the same time too.
But it is quite another to read about the plans, in a bit more enhanced and possibly advanced fashion, in Time magazine. And to have to the larger picture confirmed by the excellent reporters at McClatchy.
Of course, the most alarming part of the Time article wasn’t this paragraph:
More after the jump.
And in practical terms, the U.S. would have to consider military action long before Iran had an actual bomb. In military circles, there is a debate about where–and when–to draw that line. U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte told TIME in April that Iran is five years away from having a nuclear weapon. But some nonproliferation experts worry about a different moment: when Iran is able to enrich enough uranium to fuel a bomb–a point that comes well before engineers actually assemble a nuclear device. Many believe that is when a country becomes a nuclear power. That red line, experts say, could be just a year away.
BLITZER: How much time do you believe the international community has before Iran crosses into an area of no return, in effect has a nuclear bomb?
LIVNI: The crucial moment is not the day of the bomb. The crucial moment is the day in which Iran will master the enrichment, the knowledge of enrichment.
BLITZER: And how long is that?
LIVNI: A few months from now.
BLITZER: What does that mean, a few months?
LIVNI: A few months, I mean…
BLITZER: Six months?
LIVNI: No, I don’t know for sure, because it takes time and this something that they have to try, in doing so…
BLITZER: Because other Israelis have said that would be the point of no return.
LIVNI: I don’t want to use the words ”œpoint of no return,” because the Iranians are using it against the international community. They are trying to send a message that it’s too late; you can stop your attempts because it’s too late.
It’s not too late. They have a few more months. And it is crucial because this is in the interests of the international community. The world cannot afford a nuclear Iran. It’s not only a threat to Israel. The recent understanding, also, of moderate Arab states is that Iran is a threat to the region. And I believe that this is time for sanctions.
Inexorable is my new word, because nothing is inevitable. We just don’t have the will, as a nation, to stop this trainwreck.